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Fashion aficionado ready to expand horizons at ASU FIDM in downtown LA

August 4, 2023

Creative and artistic, Jared Wall looks forward to learning fashion design

Editor's note: ASU News is highlighting some of its notable incoming students for fall 2023.

In April, Arizona State University announced that the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles would be part of the expansion of fashion education at ASU.

The new fashion program, ASU FIDM, which includes the FIDM community and campus, will operate in both Los Angeles and Phoenix. The program combines FIDM’s history and legacy within the fashion industry with ASU’s focus on innovation. 

Jared Wall has been taking general education and art classes at Sierra College, a two-year institution in his hometown of Rocklin, California, north of Sacramento. He had been intending to apply to FIDM when he heard about the ASU expansion.

“I wanted to stick with the school because I really like the campus and the programs,” he said.

Jared Wall will be a student at ASU FIDM in downtown Los Angeles this semester.

“I knew ASU was a credible school and I know some people who go there. But I didn’t even know ASU had a fashion program and I looked it up and didn’t know it’s a huge thing. That was really cool.”

So Wall applied to the new ASU FIDM program in Los Angeles, for fall 2023, majoring in fashion design. In fact, he was the first student to be registered in the new ASU FIDM program.

Through ASU FIDM, Wall will be able to connect with some of the world’s most recognizable brands and companies in the fashion industries.

Wall answered some questions from ASU News.

Question: Have you always been interested in fashion and design?

Answer: Since middle school I’ve dressed, not outlandishly, but I’ve had more of a care for my clothing than a lot of people my age. No one in my family is focused on fashion, but my mom is a very creative person and that’s where I get it from.

In high school, I took photography all four years and I took a drawing class and printing class, and in my two years at Sierra I took acrylic painting and photography, and this last semester I took a fashion course and a course in basic clothing construction.

Originally, I was thinking about doing fashion styling, but I then I figured that styling is more narrow and design involves all aspects of fashion.

Q: Who is your favorite designer?

A: I think my favorite era has been the 1970s and Yves Saint Laurent was prevalent in the ‘70s. My favorite textiles and materials to work with have always been denim and leather, and Saint Laurent does a lot of denim and leather clothing. I’ve been attracted to that chic streetwear, with that sharp and sleek silhouette.

Q: What are you most excited to experience during your first semester?

A: I’m really excited to live somewhere else and I’ll be living right in the middle of the fashion district. I’ll be in a new environment that is more fashion focused than where I live now. You don’t see a lot of appreciation for different fashion in Rocklin and there’s not a lot of diversity. Experiencing that new environment will be good for my education and my creativity.

Q: What talents and skills are you bringing to the ASU community?

A: I have had a creative background since I was young and I have the ability to grow as a creative person because my style and medium has changed over the years. I have an adaptive personality when it comes to what I can produce in my art.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish during your college years?

A: Networking with different companies and brands and people.

When it comes down to it, there is no right or wrong with fashion design. It is a lot of who you know and what you know. A degree is super helpful but it comes down to your portfolio because they want to see what you can do.

Getting an education and creating a strong portfolio and meeting people will be exciting.

Q: What’s one interesting fact about yourself?

A: I have a reselling business that I’ve made a lot of profit on, and it’s helped me to learn a lot about textiles and trend forecasting. I do a lot of reselling on Depop (a peer-to-peer social e-commerce company). That’s been a really cool thing.

Mary Beth Faller

Reporter , ASU News


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First-year student has a passion for global health

August 4, 2023

Farhan Babur brings his experience as an ambassador and fundraiser to ASU

Editor's note: ASU News is highlighting some of its notable incoming students for fall 2023.

Farhan Babur brings a lot to Arizona State University. And the incoming first-year student plans to get a lot out of ASU as well. 

The BASIS Scottsdale graduate founded a tutoring organization that has raised thousands of dollars for the International Rescue Committee, and he interned at the Harvard Undergraduate Foreign Policy Initiative.

And the taekwondo pro packs a mean martial-arts-style punch.

Babur will be attending Barrett, The Honors College and studying biological sciences in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He hopes to explore a career in health care and get involved with global health equity — specifically health education, capacity building and epidemiology. 

Raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, Babur is the first of three siblings to attend college.

"I am the test dummy,” he jokes.

Here he talks about attending ASU this fall. 

Question: When you think about embarking on a new life at ASU, what concerns run through your mind?

Answer: I am excited, but I don’t know what to expect. There is a huge sense of mystery, because I am moving out into the unknown. 

It will be the first time I will be living on my own. It will be an adjustment balancing academics, work, making new friends and adjusting to college. I’m unsure about how that is going to happen. 

Q: What made you decide to come to ASU?

A: I come from a pretty small school, so the size of ASU is something that has always amazed me. However, that size can also be a bit daunting, so Barrett’s smaller community provides a place to fall back on. That ... combined with the fact that I have been on campus countless times already made ASU incredibly inviting.

Q: You will be studying neurobiology and physiology at ASU. What drew you to these subjects?

A: The brain and nervous system have always fascinated me. Part of the reason for that fascination is the fact that we still have so much to learn. It is in many ways the new frontier of biology, and so when I chose a major I jumped at the chance to study this system formally. However, I also have an immense interest in microbiology and global health, and I hope to pursue these through minors and electives.

Q: You already have an impressive resume with countless accomplishments under your belt. What do you plan to add to that in the next four years?

A: I wouldn’t say my plans are super lofty, but I have a couple of short term goals. I want to work in a lab, ideally working in microbiology or neurobiology. Additionally, I want to be a part of volunteering initiatives where I can make a direct impact, like hospice care for example. I am also hoping to get involved in student government. Ultimately, I’m excited to make new friends and see where the college experience takes me.

Q: What other hobbies or skills are you bringing to the ASU community?

A: Taekwondo had a huge place in my life growing up and I hope to continue this at ASU. 

Additionally, I love to write fiction, particularly short stories, and that is another thing I intend to keep doing at ASU.

Q: What inspires you?

A: My greatest inspiration comes from the people I grew up with. I was able to mature around friends who were incredibly driven, funny and kind; and work with physicians and civic leaders who aimed to make an actual impact in their fields. 

These experiences continue to inspire me to keep shooting for the stars. I am also amazed by the natural world — from the complexity of viruses and their mechanisms to the crazy stories that evolution tells us. The living world is awe-inspiring.

Q: How would some of your friends describe you?

A: I think one thing my friends have told me is that, for better or worse, I see the best in people and situations.

Top photo by Brent Whiting, courtesy Farhan Babur.

Dolores Tropiano

Reporter , ASU News